Please select your home edition
SW newsletters (top)

Big fleet lining up for Young 88 South Island Champs

by Young 88 Owners' Association 11 Feb 19:05 NZDT
Close fleet racing at last year's regatta © Young 88 Owners' Association

A record fleet of Young 88's is expected in Lyttelton this year, sailing in the hotly contested North Sails Young 88 South Island Champs over the weekend of Feb 29th-March 1st.

Last year's event in Akaroa saw extremely close competition. Lyttelton local Craig Edwards and his team on Flying Machine were able to win the trophy off Akaroa based Harry Thurston and his crew on One Way.

Race officer Bill Rusk will have his work cut out for him with the competition set to be even tougher this year. With the arrival of two new boats to Lyttelton - Karen Selway's Abracadabra, Danny Folter's Eye Spy both former Auckland based yachts, and rumour has it that there has been another '88 recently purchased in Nelson and heading our way. The Lyttelton Young 88 fleet now claims over ten boats - mostly all based at Te Ana Marina. We are expecting a further four 88's to join us from Akaroa and potentially two from Wellington if they're able to find a weather window to get down and join in the action. We are also working with a potential Auckland based team who are keen to head this way to try their luck against the locals on Lyttelton boat Riot.

Young 88 Association South Island representative Phil Folter said that the racing will be slightly different this year: "Friday night will be registration followed by a fun rum race in front of Naval Point Club Lyttelton. Then Saturday and Sunday will be our usual windward-leeward courses followed by a harbour race finishing at the moles."

While the focus is on the hot competition, there will be plenty of social action over the weekend as well at both Te Ana Marina and down at Naval Point Club Lyttelton. Former Young 88 owners are also invited to join us on the Friday night.

Young 88's expected to be competing this year include:

· Flying Machine

· One Way

· Full Circle

· Legacy II

· Shibbean

· Swallows & Amazons

· First Class

· Abracadabra

· Eye Spy

· Riot

· Afterglow

· Meltdown

Related Articles

Young 88 National Championships wrap
Raging Hormones reigns again at the Young 88 nationals ahead of two fleet debutantes. After a high-pressure decision to postpone the Nationals on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, the event was successfully completed last weekend by a competitive fleet of sixteen boats racing in ideal conditions... Take that Covid! Posted on 26 Nov
Sixteen teams vying for Y88 Nationals glory
aging Hormones is back to defend its title after winning the previous two events in 2018 and 2019. Sixteen Young 88's will hit the harbour this weekend (21st & 22nd November) in Auckland for what is going to be a fiercely contested Harken Young 88 National Championship and North Sails Owners Championship combined regatta. Posted on 19 Nov
Y88 solo and two handed champions crowned
Yachties show their keenness to get sailing again with strong showings in Y88 short handed racing. Short handed sailing has proven a brilliant solution for getting a sailing fix while adhering to social distancing rules for the Young 88 class. Posted on 11 Jun
Brad Marsh reports on Young 88 solo win
Brad Marsh reports in after his successful inaugural outing on his new boat Dangerzone Sunday May 24th was the Bruce Elliott Memorial Single Handed Champs and the first event of the BBYC run 1,2,3 series for the Young 88 class. We purchased Dangerzone from Wellington with the intention of bringing it back to the Auckland fleet. Posted on 26 May
Young 88s Plan a Covid 19 Safe Return to Sailing
Shorthanded sailing leads the charge, building to fully crewed events. Shorthanded sailing leads the charge, building to fully crewed events and culminating with the postponed Harken Nationals now planned for November. Posted on 13 May
Over 30 Young 88 racers continue racing online
Virtual Regatta now hosting a 10 race virtual regatta for 40 skippers The Young 88 Owners Association have been exploring options to fill the gap whilst we can't get out on the water with a 40 yacht regatta comprising two fleets of 20 to face off before a finals series. Posted on 31 Mar
Harken Young 88 Nationals attract classy fleet
New Zealand's largest one design keelboat nationals pit rockstars against weekend warriors This weekend sees the usual fleet of rock stars and weekend warriors mixing it up for the running of the 35th national championships of New Zealand's largest national one design keelboat fleet. There are currently seventeen Young 88s entered. Posted on 17 Mar
South Island Young 88 Championships
A record fleet of 11 Young 88s deliver very close racing This year's champs saw a record fleet of eleven competitive Young 88s with crews from Auckland and Wellington and two entries from Akaroa deliver very close racing across a variety of conditions. Posted on 6 Mar
Y88's: Brady leaves the fleet in his Slipstream
North Sails Young 88 Owners Champs were sailed on the Waitemata last Saturday Last Saturday saw the staging of the annual battle of the “owner drivers”, the North Sails Young 88 Owners Champs. Twelve boats lined up on the waters between Browns Island, North Head, Rangitoto and Kohimarama. Posted on 19 Nov 2019
Harken Young 88 Nationals: Raging Hormones wins
Andrew Wills and his team on board Raging Hormones win 2019 Harken Young 88 Nationals Andrew Wills and his team on board Raging Hormones have risen above a bumper sixteen boat fleet to win the 2019 Harken Young 88 National Championships in Auckland over the weekend. Posted on 20 Mar 2019
MBW newsletters (top)